You can find a little oasis of peace here for a coffee in their pretty salon in the early evening. But after midnight you won't find any peace at all as the place goes wild, especially the waiters who are just great fun, party people who keep everyone amused. The bar is covered with photographs of jazz singers and the rest of the walls are covered with bric-a-brac like an old junk shop. It's a constant surprise as to what you can spot on the walls. Spirits with a mixer cost 600 ptas.
It only closes for six hours a day. The rest of the time you can take advantage of the ideal location, in the Plaza Mayor, a well-preserved and world-renowned gem of medieval architecture. In summer you can sit outside on the terrace and soak up the atmosphere. It's a favourite with tourists and with young men on military service. They serve an enormous variety of tapas, raciones, platos combinados, and they don't mind if you ask for half portions.
The theme of this pub is the famous nautical character - Captain Haddock - from the Tintin comics. The lamps on the bar are always turned to "low", creating an atmosphere of shadows in which you can just make out the memorabilia on the walls and elsewhere that tell the story of his seafaring days. The pub is right in the heart of the nightlife district and after the quiet afternoon period the atmosphere really hots up at night. Spirits with a mixer cost between 600-700 ptas.
The circuito de las cañas includes certain bars that are frequented by the young and trendy. This group of people follow a defined route on their tour of the tapas bars. This is one of those bars. It fills up at midday on Friday and Saturdays with a youthful crowd in their late 20's to early 30's. The tapas of ham, salami, cheese etc., are excellent. A medium-sized beer costs around 200 ptas. On the next street up there is another branch.
If you're going to do a tapas tour of Cáceres, and you should, don't miss this place out because it makes some of the best. In fact, the owner, Virgilio, is imaginative and innovative and has even written and published a recipe book. The little. bite-sized snacks called bocaditos that they serve here are delicious. Virgilio makes a great scrambled eggs mixed with wild mushrooms and cheese (revuelto de setas con queso). You can eat raciones at the bar or more substantial meals in the friendly little dining room at the back that is decorated with a nautical theme. The average price per head for a meal here is 1600 ptas.
This is a tiny Andalucian-style bar that expands in spring and summer when they use the outside terraces, one beside the bar and the other across the street. The hot and cold snacks, especially the grilled pinchos bring in the crowds, most of all the fried chicken wings, streaky bacon and fried potatoes with pork and mushrooms. A medium-sized beer costs 200 ptas while a spirit with a mixer costs around 500 ptas. The terraces are popular in summer because there always seems to be a cool breeze even on the hottest night.
This bar is decorated in typical, rustic Extremaduran style and it occupies a privileged location beneath the arches of the main square. This is the centre of Cáceres' nightlife. The food on offer reflects the local taste in meat and cheese. You can order portions of game sausage, salami, locally cured ham, local cheeses and Spanish omelette. A beer costs around 100 ptas, a soft drink, 200 ptas, and a spirit with a mixer, 350-400 ptas.
This venerable old building in the centre of the old town houses a delightful interior patio surrounded by palm trees. Open all year round, it acts as a venue for a variety of social and cultural events. Afternoons are a time for coffee and discussion. Evenings are the time for leisurely drinks and then musical concerts are performed until the early hours. The venue has won a name for itself on the city's musical circuit. Soft drinks cost 250 ptas and spirits with a mixer, 600 ptas.